The Fremont County Board of Supervisors heard from Mike Glenn about a possible Hamburg-to-Sidney trail at their Aug. 7 meeting.
Glenn gave the supervisors a packet containing planned county trail routes, Waubonsie trail maps and aerial views of the area, along with trail information, a list of prospective trail committee members and his original plans for a potential trail.
Glenn said the idea of a trail between Hamburg and Sidney geared toward bicyclists and horse riders had been under discussion in Hamburg for some time, but had stalled out without the recognition and support of a strong group of leaders.  He praised the Farragut trail group as a strong model to emulate, and suggested several people he thought might be able to support and drive the development of a trail.
Glenn said he imagined such a trail developing in three phases, starting with a trailhead in Hamburg.  Glenn had a few locations in mind for a trailhead, but said additional research would be needed.  
Another phase of the trail would be covering the distance from Hamburg to Sidney, and finding a route through the Loess Hills and Waubonsie State Park in particular, joining the equestrian trail area there before moving on toward Sidney.  
Glenn and the supervisors discussed who owned the land along the way and potential landowner objections or in the case of any DNR properties, potential land-use restrictions.
Glenn said there was a talented pool of people in Hamburg and Sidney who could form a planning group to work on a trail, but it would still require a tremendous amount of assistance from higher levels of government.  Glenn envisioned a 2-3 year timeframe to get a 10 mile trail financed and built once organizers got serious.


While he had the floor, Glenn took some time to question the supervisors’ recent decision to go with the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association (SCIA) for economic development in the county. Glenn was concerned that any efforts by SCIA would be focused on the Highway 59 corridor, to the detriment of the Highway 275 corridor and western half of the county. Glenn stressed that SCIA would need to develop a strong working relationship with the three biggest towns along Highway 275, Hamburg, Sidney and Tabor.
Becca Castle of Golden Hills RC&D reminded the supervisors of the RTCA grant assistance the county had applied for and received for trail planning, and talked about steps taken so far.  Castle said there had been three mapping sessions, resulting in proposed hard surface and soft surface trail maps, and showed the supervisors copies of those maps.
Castle said the next step would be to create written plans, and asked the supervisors to review the maps and adopt them as part of a trail plan for the county.  Castle advised the adoption of the plans could be helpful in seeking grant funding for any trails to be developed.  
The supervisors will review a resolution adopting the maps at a future meeting.

In other business, the supervisors:
Heard about possible web design services through SOCS to promote tourism in Fremont County;
Approved a resolution to hire Kandra Johnson as the new Paralegal for the Fremont County Attorney;
Approved advertising a general assistance position of four hours per week, starting at $12 and hour, and
Approved the final draft of the safety manual.